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Classes and Academics for Faculty

​No. Like any other medical treatment and condition, a student's vaccination status is personal health information, which is confidential under university policy and is a record protected by FERPA. The University Registrar maintains all immunization records according to these requirements. Moreover, some individuals may not be able to get the vaccine due to medical or other reasons and, in line with DePaul's mission, we must practice inclusiveness and care to all members or our community and respect the privacy and dignity of every person.

​Fully vaccinated individuals who are on campus will be highly encouraged—though not required—to wear a face mask indoors. Individuals who have not been vaccinated are expected to wear a mask at all times. Units, departments and individuals within the university should not create separate requirements. 

Individuals may respectfully ask others to wear a mask, for example when they are in a crowded setting or close proximity. We ask that everyone be mindful of others’ circumstances and respect their choices.

For the most current list of DePaul buildings that are closed or restricted, visit the Building Closures website.  

Instructors can move about the classroom as long as they practice proper 6 foot physical distancing from students. Instructors who are fully vaccinated are highly encouraged—though not required—to wear a face mask indoors. Individuals who have not been vaccinated are expected to wear a mask at all times.
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The Center for Teaching and Learning offers a host of workshops to help you design your courses and incorporate changes along the way. You can find teaching guides and other resources for online learning on the Teaching Commons website.​

Information Services is also offering some helpful new resources to help you navigate this challenging time and to help you make the most of your classes, including:
  • Knowledge Base on Remote Work: Information Services created a list of resources available at DePaul related to remote work, technology for teaching and learning, and instructions for using support services. This site will be updated continually with new resources. Check back frequently.
  • Microsoft Teams and Zoom: Learn about new faculty and staff access to Microsoft Teams and information about Zoom. DePaul will soon make these services available to students as well, giving them a new @depaul.edu email account in Office 365, and making students available in the Outlook address book.
  • More Tips for Using Zoom: Many of us will use Zoom frequently in the coming weeks. This site shares detailed tips for how to access conferencing software through your DePaul account for remote meetings, screen sharing and more.​

The more course materials faculty can make available digitally, the better. Please consider adopting Open Educational Resources (OER) in classes as much as possible. A helpful guide is available on the DePaul Library Open Educational Resources​ page. Additionally, some books may be available on Barnes and Noble E-Books or on Kindle. If you have any questions about copyright, accessing particular materials, or any other aspect of working with the library as you plan your course, please contact your Library Liaison.​​

For the most current list of DePaul buildings that are closed or restricted, visit the Building Closures website.  

​DePaul is planning to increase its face-to-face presence beginning in the summer and will offer a full complement of in-person courses in the fall.​

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